Friday, June 8, 2012

Flickr Friends Guest Post: Emily from Replicate Then Deviate

Hi, I'm Emily from Replicate then Deviate and I'm thrilled (and a little nervous) to be guest posting on Project Run and Play! I love seeing the creativity from the contestants and fellow sew alongers. Project Run and Play is so inspiring and filling my brain with more ideas. It's a good thing children grow fast so I have a good excuse to try new projects, like these french terry shorts/capris. Today I'm sharing a mini tutorial on how to add cuffs to the bottom of shorts/capris/pants. These could also be added on shirt cuffs too. I wanted to add cuffs like this b/c Ansley has a pair of Gymboree pants with a fun cuff and I get asked a lot if I did it, and now I can say, "no but I can." :) (And if you want to stop by my blog, I'm sharing a pattern for the shorts/capris). It's a fun way to use a prized scrap or make an outfit a bit more coordinated or non coordinated, whatever suits your fancy. Ansley calls these her exercise pants and I like that they're a little bit more fun than the average exercise pants. (I like to have the overlapped part on the medial part of the leg (the inside seam) so it's less visible). Or add ribbon and a bow. This time, have the overlapped section on the outer seam of the pants, as it will be covered with the bow. I tied the bow first, zigzagged through the heart of the bow (doesn't that sound awful?) and applied fray check to the ends of the ribbon. (Just to be clear, turn the cuff up on the outside of the pants all methods. I guess I didn't take a picture of that in the white pants. I like to have the cuff high enough to cover the stitching down of the top of the cuff (the top part when it's inside out)). I think little cuffs could work for boys too, just pick a masculine print and omit the rickrack/ribbon/bows and topstitch on the edge of the accent fabric. Some final thoughts- this method works best if the shape of the leg is straight, not flared or tapered. You will lose however tall your cuff is in pant length, so plan accordingly. By tacking down the cuff near the side seams, you can let them out quite easily if needed. I might do these to a pair of jeans I bought on super clearance with snowmen on the bottom if they fit Ansley in the wrong season. (Ansley's pink shirt made using Shwin &Shwin's Gathered Top with Yoke tutorial, blogged here). Thanks again for having me!

 

10 comments :

  1. Thank you so much for this tutorial! I've been wanting to add cuffs to my son's pants, but wasn't sure how to do it. New skill learned! Yay!!!

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    1. Thank you Shannon!! Can't wait to see your version. :)

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  2. Great job Emily, and a fun project too!

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  3. Awesome tutorial, Emily!! Super handy.

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  4. Yay, so excited to see Emily posting here! Very cute tutorial. :)

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  5. So simple but so useful! I want to add cuffs to everything now. Thank you Emily

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    1. Thank you Sarita! I'd love to see your version(s)! :)

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